The mutuel field, or “All Others” (#24), was a strong even-money favorite after the first of three days of betting in the opening pool of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager on Feb. 18.
Kentucky Derby fans wagered $91,287 to win and another $18,220 in the exacta pool for an opening day betting total of $109,507. Pool 1 wagering will resume at noon (all times Eastern) Feb. 19 at racetracks, off-track betting centers and online at TwinSpires.com and other advance deposit wagering platforms. Betting on the first of three KDFW 2011 pools will conclude on Sunday evening at 6 p.m.
The Kentucky Derby Future Wager provides fans with opportunities to wager on potential contenders for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). It offers win and exacta wagering, and all bets are $2 minimum wagers. No refunds will be made on any wager made during a KDFW pool. If it is determined during any pool that an individual horse has suffered an illness, injury or other circumstance that would prevent the betting interest from competing in Kentucky Derby, wagering on the horse will be suspended immediately.
Among individual betting interests, champion Uncle Mo (#23) was the 3-1 second choice. Other horses attracting strong support on the Pool 1’s opening day were unbeaten Holy Bull (gr. III) winner Dialed In (#7) at 8-1, Remsen (gr. II) winner To Honor and Serve (#22) at 17-1 and unbeaten Sam F. Davis (gr. III) winner Brethren (#3), a half-brother to 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver , at 18-1.
The complexion of Pool 1’s odds could change after Saturday’s running of the $300,000 Risen Star (gr. III) at New Orleans’ Fair Grounds. Five KDFW Pool 1 betting interests are featured in its 10-horse field.
Information on the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Derby Future Wager – including real-time KDFW Pool 1 odds – is available at the official event Web site at www.KentuckyDerby.com.